Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Christian's Never-Failing Resort
Prayer is the Christian's never-failing resort in any case, in every plight. When you cannot use your sword you may take to the weapon of all-prayer! Your gun-powder may be damp, your bow-string may be broken but the weapon of all-prayer need never be out of order.
Leviathan laughs at the javelin but he trembles at prayer. Sword and spear need furbishing but prayer never rusts; and when we think it most blunt it cuts the best. Prayer is an open door which none can shut!
Devils may surround you on all sides but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy's hand. We can never be taken by force or storm so long as Heavenly help comes down to us, to support us in the time of our necessities.
Prayer is never out of season in summer and in winter its merchandise is precious. Prayer gains an audience with God in the dawn of morning, in the heat of noonday, in the midst of business, in the shades of evening, in the dead of night. In every condition whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or sin your covenant God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place.
Prayer is never futile. True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask but you shall always have your real needs supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit.
If you ask for coarse meal will you be angered because He gives you the finest flour? If you seek bodily health, should you complain if instead thereof He makes your sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies? Is it not better to have the affliction sanctified, than removed? My soul, do not forget to offer your petition and request for the Lord is ready to grant you your desires!
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
2 Chronicles 30:27 ... Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.
James 5:16 ... Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Philippians 4:6 ... Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.❤